Celtics agree to sign Darko Milicic
The Boston Celtics announced on Thursday that they have come to an agreement to sign free agent Darko Milicic.
According to CSNNE, the agreement was worth a veteran’s minimum for a one-year deal.
This is a huge pay decrease compared to Milicic’s previous contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, which consisted of a four-year deal for $16 million.
However, due to lack of productivity from Milicic and the rise of Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic, the Timberwolves decided that Milicic wasn’t worth $16 million. So in the end, they decided to amnesty him during the 2012 off-season.
Reported by ESPN Boston, Milicic currently averages six points and 4.2 rebounds in 467 games.
Signing the former number two pick in the 2003 draft to a veteran’s minimum gives the Celtics huge benefits because the risk of signing Milicic is so low. If Milicic turns out to be a bust, then it doesn’t cost the Celtics anything. But if Milicic breaks out, then the Celtics got a huge steal.
Milicic will be battling to get decent minutes as the Celtics already have Kevin Garnett, Chris Wilcox, Fab Melo, and Jason Collins in the center position.